About the Exhibit
Jarringly beautiful, hauntingly confrontational, and politically incorrect, Iconoclasm is the debut American exhibition for both artists Arnix and Max Papeschi. Through sculpture and digital collage these artists engage in an elegant, yet brash, dialog as each explores the relationship of power and exploitation within contemporary global culture. Utilizing religious, political, commercial, and cultural iconography for their lexicon, these two artists then strip them of their authority to reveal the savagery inherent in power and its implicit victim, ourselves.
In this exclusive worldwide first-look at sculptural artist Arnix (aka Arnix Wilnoudt), he reveals his never-seen-before exquisite sculptures that directly affront the traditional paradigms of power and subordination. Antique religious artifacts combine with lifelike silicon faces, genitals, and animal heads to form challenging treatises on egoism, conformism, dogmatism, self-respect, honor, desire, objectification, and abuse.
Max Papeschi’s searing digital collages utilize the same semiotics as contemporary culture while simultaneously undermining their validity. Informed by mass marketing, globalized consumerism, and hyper-violence, Papeschi exploits the means of advertising to question its long-term effects. His works become a campaign of propaganda that locates the commonality between Disney culture, the Nazi Party, Coca-Cola, violence, and domination, amongst other themes.Although controversy from misinterpretations of anti-Semitism and anti-American sentiments envelop Papeschi’s work—noted art historian Pnina Rosenberg, who specializes in art and legacy of the holocaust, explains that his imagery instead stems from a critique of consumer icons and symbols of violence.